Packers' Quarless charged with firing automatic handgun

Green Bay Packers' Andrew Quarless (pictured in 2014) was arrested on July 4, 2015, after allegedly firing a semi-automatic handgun following an argument near a Miami Beach parking garage (AFP Photo/Tom Szczerbowski) (Getty/AFP/File)

Miami (AFP) - Green Bay Packers player Andrew Quarless was arrested Saturday after allegedly firing a semi-automatic handgun following an argument near a Miami Beach parking garage.

Police said the 26-year-old American got into an exchange of words in the early morning hours Saturday when he approached a car filled with several women.

Quarless got out of his black Porsche and approached the women's vehicle after they left a parking garage, according to the police report obtained by the Miami Herald newspaper.

According to the report, the conversation escalated and Quarless fired his handgun into the air twice.

"It progressively became hostile," Miami Beach officer Michael Garcia wrote in the report.

Quarless was charged with discharging a firearm in public, which is considered a misdemeanor in US states like Florida as opposed to a more serious felony charge.

Under the NFL's personal-conduct policy, Quarless could be put on paid leave until the league completes its own probe of the incident.

"We are aware of the matter involving Andrew Quarless and are in the process of gathering more information," the Packers said in a brief statement Saturday.

Quarless caught 29 passes for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games (11 starts) last season. In five seasons with the Packers, he has 85 catches and six touchdowns.